A quick note before I dive in to today’s blog. I try to write and schedule my blog posts ahead of time as much as possible. I have a baby, a busy job, and a busy life so I write and schedule whenever I can. I wrote the next few weeks of lesson plans before the COVID-19 pandemic happened so you will not see any references to it in these posts. For my thoughts on the pandemic and how the therapeutic riding industry is stepping up, see my post here.
Back to our regular programming… The next few weeks will focus on patterns. We use a lot of pattern work at our center because it is easily adaptable to any client and it is the basis of all horseback riding. I rode dressage for years so I love pattern work! One of my favorite patterns is the basic circle.
Wow. The whole world has turned upside down in a matter of weeks. COVID-19 has stopped the world in its tracks. It shut down the global economy, overwhelmed the medical community, and affected practically every line of business. I will not spend much time on this because I know it is stressful and overwhelming. I wanted to share some resources for the therapeutic riding community.
What You Need: Toys that move or can be moved (i.e. balls or dice to toss OR wind-up/battery toys)
This lesson can be done mounted or unmounted. The objective is to observe movement. The movement can be smooth or choppy, fast or slow, high or low. Some examples include tossing a ball up in the air and catching it, rolling a ring or hula hoop on the ground, and letting a wind-up toy walk across a barrel.
What You Need: Buckets Barrels (or something to place bucket on) Toys/Rings One special toy
I’ve talked on the blog before about playing games related to the season or holiday because it keeps me from getting bored. I’ve been teaching for fourteen years and need to find ways to stay fresh! This is a great game I like to play around St. Patrick’s Day, but it can be played any time.
Catching and throwing is something most of us never think about. We might have played sports growing up (or still do). Maybe we played catch in the yard. Maybe we participated in an egg toss at the county fair. No, that one is just me? Well, you get the picture. I want to talk about catching and throwing as a lesson objective today.
Again, today’s post is about a lesson objective. The game can adapt to the objective of reaching and grabbing. We take reaching and grabbing for granted but for clients who have a difficult time with fine motor skills, this can be challenging.